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43 Great Games Like Wandersong

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In Wandersong you play a bard on a quest to gather parts of a song. Uniquely, you interact with the environment and inhabitants by singing. Controlled by one of the direction sticks, you can access different notes on the coloured ‘Song Wheel’. This unusual way of solving problems and engaging with the world and other characters – townsfolk, grandparents, lumberjacks, doctors and your reluctant, grumpy witch companion, Miriam – builds playful relationships that feel surprisingly deep. As underlined by the singing and some dancing, this is a game about community relationships rather than one heroic individual.

Unfortunately, Wandersong is not available on Android, PS5, Xbox Series X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 27/09/2018

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Platform and Rhythm

Developer: @TheBanov

Players: This is a single player game

Costs: Purchase cost

42 Hand Picked Games Like Wandersong

These are our hand-picked games similar to Wandersong. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Wandersong. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

Kirby's Epic Yarn

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 3-10 year-olds

Release Date: 17/10/2010, updated in 2019

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Wii and Wii U

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: @Gbit_GoodFeel

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Kirby's Epic Yarn is a running and jumping game starring Nintendo's Kirby character that can (usually) suck enemies into their large mouth to gain new abilities. It's set in Patch Land, a world made completely out of fabric. You use your platforming...

Fe

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 16/02/2018

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: @ZoinkGames

Players: This is a single player game

You play a fox in a magical fairy tale forest. The world extends in front of you in stylised form, with trees, mountains and streams glistening with sparkles of life. You run, jump, climb and dip your paws in every aspect of the world. But it’s the...

Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 11/03/2015, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: @MoonGameStudios

Players: This is a single player game

Both Ori and the Blind Forest and Ori and the Will of the Wisps place you in control of a diminutive elfish spirit called Ori. You run, jump and solve platforming challenges to progress through the world. As you do new powers are unlocked that allow you...

Chicory: A Colorful Tale

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 10/06/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and PS5

Genres: Adventure, Creative, Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 42 features

Developer: @TheBanov

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Chicory: A Colourful Tale is an adventure where you play an everyday dog thrust into the role of wielding a magic brush. The world starts black and white and you paint to solve puzzles, help your animal friends and restore colour. It looks like a...

Spiritfarer

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 18/08/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Platform and Simulation

Accessibility: 31 features

Developer: @ThunderLotus

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Spiritfarer is a boat building exploration game. Unusually though, you play Stella, ferry master to the deceased and the boat you manage takes them to the next life.

Paper Mario (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 11/08/2000, updated in 2020

Price: 30% off

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, GameCube, Switch, Wii and Wii U

Genres: Action, Fighting, Role-Playing and Turn-Based

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: This is a single player game

Paper Mario is a role-play game featuring Mario and other Nintendo characters. Although cute and cartoon-like in appearance, these games are known for the quality of writing and the well balanced and enjoyable turn-based combat.

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 24/03/2003, updated in 2013

Platforms: GameCube and Wii U

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Puzzle

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: This is a single player game

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is an adventure game in the Zelda series. This one is set on a group of islands in a vast sea, and follows Link as he attempts to save his sister from the sorcerer Ganon. This soon develops into a struggle to find the...

Yoshi's Crafted World

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 5-14 year-olds

Release Date: 29/05/2019

Price: 21% off

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Adventure and Platform

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: @Gbit_GoodFeel

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Yoshi's Crafted World is a running and jumping game where you control a friendly dinosaur, Yoshi. You work through each level, eating or jumping on enemies while searching for hidden items and collectables.

PaRappa the Rapper

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 31/10/1997

Platforms: PS4 and PSP

Genres: Rhythm

Developer: @NanaOn_Sha

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

PaRappa the Rapper is a bizarre rhythm game where you play a paper-thin rapping dog trying to win the heart of a flower-faced girl. You do this by pressing buttons to rap in time with the music to impress her. It creates a silly yet endearing game about...

Dordogne

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Creative, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @Cedric_Babouche

Players: This is a single player game

Dordogne is a narrative adventure where you play as Mimi, a 32-year-old woman who returns to the house of her recently deceased grandmother. You explore the house and area to find letters and puzzles that bring back memories of the past.

Luigi's Mansion (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 19/10/2018, updated in 2019

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, GameCube and Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure and Puzzle

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room and up to 8 players online

The three Luigis Mansion (Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Gamecube or Nintendo Switch) games each challenge you to investigate a haunted mansion. As longstanding Nintendo character Luigi, you play a ghostbuster to capture various mischievous ghouls. The puzzles...

Untitled Goose Game

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 3-11 year-olds

Release Date: 03/10/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Puzzle

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: @House_House_

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

This is another silly and funny game but with a dastardly vibe. You play a mean goose who is intent on ruining the day of the inhabitants of a sleepy English village. By stealing items, squawking and otherwise making a nuisance of yourself you slowly...

Never Alone

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 18/12/2014

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Developer: @NeverAloneGame

Players: This is a single player game

Never Alone is a running, jumping and exploring game based on the traditional Iñupiaq tale, "Kunuuksaayuka". You swap between controlling an Iñupiaq girl named Nuna and her Arctic fox companion as you complete puzzles and move the story forwards.

One Hand Clapping

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/07/2020

Platforms: Stadia

Genres: Platform, Puzzle and Rhythm

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: @BadDreamGames

Players: This is a single player game

One Hand Clapping is a running and jumping game where you sing into a microphone to interact with the world. The game acknowledges how challenging this idea may be, and gently leads you into using your voice to create platforms, adjust the wind and...

This Is Reality

Content Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Narrative and Platform

Developer: @ScribbleScape

Players: This is a single player game

This Is Reality is a running, jumping and exploration game about a couple's relationship. You play as Liam and Lana, as they navigate the highs, lows and struggles of their relationship. The twist is that the state of the relationship affects what you...

Cadence of Hyrule

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 13/06/2019

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Rhythm and Turn-Based

Developer: @BYG_Vancouver‬

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Cadence of Hyrule is a Zelda infused version of a popular rhythm action indie game called Crypt of the NecroDancer. Like the original you go on an adventure viewed from above and progressed by moving, attacking and dodging in time with the music.

Ink
PEGI Rating 3 for Ink

Ink

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 05/08/2015

Platforms: PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Creative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @SpaceboyGames

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Ink is a running (sliding) and jumping game where you see the platforms you are jumping on by splashing them with ink. You control a little white square that, along with splashing colour everywhere, can jump on enemies and climb walls.

Kind Words

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 12/11/2019

Platforms: PC

Genres: Creative and Narrative

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: @Popcannibal

Players: This is a single player game

Kind Words is unusual because of the main interaction. You write letters to real people and receive back encouraging letters in return. Set in a cosy room with soft furnishings and relaxing music, it creates a space in which to find support and...

The Artful Escape

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 09/09/2021

Platforms: PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Platform and Rhythm

Developer: @A_i

Players: This is a single player game

The Artful Escape is a running and jumping game that combines platform action with music-playing. You play as Francis Vendetti as he traverses the universe, jamming on his guitar and harmonising with the various bizarre creatures he encounters on his...

Hue

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9-14 year-olds

Release Date: 30/08/2016

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: @HenryHoffman

Players: This is a single player game

Hue is a puzzle game where you run and jump through platforms. You explore a grey land while searching for your missing mother. The novelty is in the coloured pieces you uncover, which when matched against obstacles will cause them to disappear,...

Recore

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 26/08/2016, updated in 2016

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World and Shooting

Developer: @AsoboStudio

Players: This is a single player game

Recore is an adventure platform game where you control Joule Adams, one of the first volunteers for the utopian colony of Far Eden, who wakes after centuries in cryo-sleep to find that nothing has gone according to plan. With her three robotic machines...

Typoman

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 19/11/2015

Platforms: Android, PC, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @BrainSeed_Fcty

Players: This is a single player game

Typoman is a running, jumping puzzle game where you use letters and words to solve puzzles and progress. You play as a character made of letters in a hostile land with evil creatures. As this unusual character, you make your way through the world...

Evergate

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 01/09/2020

Platforms: PC, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @StnLntrnGames

Players: This is a single player game

Evergate is a running and jumping game where you can slow down time to make difficult jumps through hand-drawn environments. It combines the need for timing and puzzle solving in a game that slowly tells the story of the characters you meet.

Sayonara Wild Hearts

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 19/11/2019

Platforms: PS4, Switch and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Narrative and Rhythm

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: @Simogo

Players: This is a single player game

Sayonara Wild Hearts is a rhythm-action game where you control a running, flying, dancing or motorbike-riding character to collect coins and hearts in time with pop music. The neon visuals and emotively voiced story make this an unusual and compelling...

Unmaze

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 21/06/2021

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @ARTE_Interactif

Players: This is a single player game

Unmaze is a mix of puzzle game and graphic novel. Inspired by the myth of the Minotaur, you help Asterion and Theseus to guide them out of the maze. However, you can only help one at a time. Using the phone's camera the game lets you help Asterion when...

Ynglet

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 05/06/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Creative, Platform and Simulation

Developer: @Nifflas

Players: This is a single player game

Ynglet is an exploration game where you jump between bubbles that float in the sky making sounds as you interact with the doodled environment. Part platform game, part dynamic soundtrack, it's a game designed to let you flow through the world to...

A Walk With Yiayia

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Developer: @TrentGarlipp

Players: This is a single player game

A Walk with Yiayia is an adventure game where you go on a walk with your Greek grandmother after she's lost her confidence from having a fall. You reassure her and connect with conversation and help her complete small quests in a relaxing neighbourhood.

Lost Winds (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 12/05/2008, updated in 2016

Platforms: PC, Wii and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @FrontierDev

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

LostWinds is a running and jumping video game with a difference. As well as controlling a young boy named Toku you also control the wind. On the Wii you do this by gesturing with the Wii Remote controller, on iOS you draw the direction on the screen. A...

Moon: Remix RPG Adventure

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 16/10/1997, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Switch

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Developer: @OnionGames

Players: This is a single player game

Moon: Remix RPG Adventure is a role-play adventure set inside another role-playing game where "the hero" has wreaked destruction, killing hundreds of creatures and looting homes. Unusually, you play a supporting character in the game who tries to undo...

Rhythm Thief and The Emperor's Treasure

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 05/04/2012

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Rhythm

Developer: @Sega

Players: This is a single player game

Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure is a more substantial story told with cartoons interwoven with rhythm-action challenges. You play an 18-year-old boy with a secret identity as an art-thief. He’s searching for his father and, in order to find...

She Remembered Caterpillars

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 17/01/2017

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Puzzle

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: @TheJumpSuits

Players: This is a single player game

She Remembered Caterpillars is a colour-matching puzzle game with an unusual look and emotional story to tell. Through the unsettling fungi-punk aesthetic you work out how to get your characters to the endpoint of each stage. As you do you eavesdrop on...

Sound Shapes

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-13 year-olds

Release Date: 07/08/2012, updated in 2013

Platforms: PS Vita, PS3 and PS4

Genres: Creative, Platform, Puzzle and Rhythm

Developer: @Mango_Lychee

Players: This is a single player game

Sound Shapes is simple rolling and jumping game where you make music by completing the levels. It features music from artists such as Beck and visual elements from other games and game makers. Originally on the Vita, it uses that systems touch screens...

SoundSelf: A Technodelic

Content Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: 22/04/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Simulation

Developer: @EnterAndromeda

Players: This is a single player game

SoundSelf is an interactive guided meditation. Using the microphone, and optionally enhanced by VR, the game leads you through a landscape that responds to the sounds of your breath. This encourages you to make the Ujjayi Pranayama sound on your...

Steamworld Dig (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 31/08/2017

Price: 75% off

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Mac, PC, PS Vita and PS4

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: @ImageForm

Players: This is a single player game

The SteamWorld Dig series are action platform games where you play steam-powered robots trying to recover their lost civilisation. The two games in the series draws on classics like Dig Dug, Rick Dangerous, Repton and Boulderdash.

Yi and the Thousand Moons

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 24/11/2017

Platforms: Mac and PS2

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: @UsDivad

Players: This is a single player game

Yi and the Thousand Moons is an adventure game in the form of a musical. You follow Yi who is told by the gods to bring down the moons, but then has to try and save the people of her village from the unforeseen results.

Little King's Story

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 22/04/2009, updated in 2016

Platforms: PC, PS Vita and Wii

Genres: Adventure, Fighting, Role-Playing and Strategy

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: @OnionGames

Players: This is a single player game

Little King's Story is a real-time strategy game that simulates life in a fictional kingdom. You play a timid boy who finds a crown that gives him power to make people follow orders. You slowly expand your village by gathering resources and gaining...

Art's Dream (Dreams)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 11/02/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Platform, Point-and-Click, Puzzle and Shooting

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: @MediaMolecule

Players: This is a single player game

Art's Dream is an adventure game featuring different game styles, including running and jumping, combat and puzzle solving. You play as Art, a double bass player in a jazz band. Lately, Art has been feeling uneasy and depressed which has resulted in him...

Patapon (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 22/02/2008

Platforms: PS Vita and PSP

Genres: Action, Fighting and Rhythm

Developer: @SonyJapanStudio

Players: This is a single player game

Patapon and its sequels take rhythmic button-pressing in a real-time battle direction. You assemble a stylised army and then take your troops to battle by tapping buttons in time with the rhythm. How well you press the buttons in time with the music...

Pianista: The Legendary Virtuoso

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 25/10/2018

Platforms: Android, Switch and iOS

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Rhythm

Developer: @Superbcorp

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Pianista: The Legendary Virtuoso is a rhythm game where you play classical piano music by pressing buttons in time with each note. This starts easily but builds up so you are playing complex pieces of music from a range of composers.

Planet of the Eyes

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 24/08/2015

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @CococucumberCo

Players: This is a single player game

Planet of the Eyes is an atmospheric running and jumping game where you play a robot stranded on a mysterious planet. You progress by well timed jumps and puzzle solving to traverse a fantastical planet with a dark secret.

Spitkiss

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 06/11/2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Platform

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: @TripleTopping

Players: This is a single player game

Spitkiss is a game where you control a ball of saliva around the dangerous interior of different organs. The spittle is the carrier of a message of love and hope between people, but it can only get there if you precisely aim and navigate the different...

Stacking

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 08/02/2011

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @DoubleFine

Players: This is a single player game

Stacking is a puzzle game where characters are Russian stacking matryoshka dolls. Controlling the smallest doll in the game, Charlie Blackmore, you go on an adventure. Your main ability is that you can stack and unstack into larger dolls and gain their...

1 Game Like Wandersong Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to Wandersong. This includes games from the Action, Rhythm and Platform genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

Wandersong is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Wandersong in the following lists:

Get Children Making Music

Many games use rhythm as a mechanic to involve the player. But this list is devoted to the games that go one step further, and make you feel like you are creating music while you interact with the game. This may be the singing to other characters in Wandersong or Fe, or be contributing to the orchestral soundtrack in games like Flower or LocoRoco.

These are games that almost feel like you are playing a music album. They invite you to spend time in a meditative musical state that leaves you with their songs and rhythms in your head for the rest of the day - Pata Pata Pata Pon.
 

Games from Taming Gaming Book

When we wrote the Taming Gaming book we packed the second half with full colour game ‘recipes’ as a resource for parents and families. They are grouped in categories depending on the style of game you are looking for, whether you want to play on your own, or with your family and friends.

The Family Gaming Database grew out of the book. At first it was just going to be a way to search the 60 or so games in the book. With 1000’s of parents soon using the database it became clear we should grow it to cover more games. So, today we have 1474 games.

Here are all the games from the book:

Games for non-gaming grown-ups

These games are perfect if you have never played one before. They open the door to the gaming world for non-gaming parents and carers.

Nurture child-like imagination

These games are for children under seven years old who will, with some help, discover activities they want to try that will expand their imaginations, while establishing the role of your guidance and engagement as part of the gaming world as they grow up.

Nourish Youthful Ambition

As children get older, they develop stronger ideas of what they want to play. Friends at school and YouTube stars create popular gaming fabs for the latest titles. The games suggested here go beyond the usual suspects.

Laugh at Silliness

Video games have their roots in fun and play. This makes them an excellent way to forget the worries of the day and dive into some silly fun together. The games on this list have been selected because they get players doing absurd activities and chuckling together.

Inhabit Another World

The games in this list invite you to spend time in spaces that have a sense of place, life and character.

Compete on the Couch

Raucous, unbounded, exuberant all-age, competitive fun is something video games are known for. These games can play a bit-part in raising children to be magnanimous in victory and generous in defeat.

Work Together to Thrive

Play is more fun when it’s shared. Along with team work the games on this list use the fact that the players are all sitting next to each other. The fun is often as much about the conversations (and arguments) that happen in the room as what’s happening on the screen.

Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes

While many games include characters to interact with, some are specifically designed to make relationships a central element. These games offer a unique way to think deeply about how we relate to each other to the games people play.

Wake up Your Emotions

Video games are known for high-octane, adrenaline fuelled entertainment, but there are many that address the players emotions as much as their dexterity. The games in the following list create emotionally rich spaces in which to explore scenarios with feelings rather than facts.

Matinee Fisticuffs and Shoot-outs

Sometimes you just want to play the hero. These games are violent and include shooting but as with B-movies and 1980’s TV series, it’s as much about the quips, characters and fantasy settings as it is about the killing.

Face Tough Decisions

Games create virtual worlds where you can experience life from another perspective. This can be lighthearted but also presents ethical scenarios that require you to think carefully about consequences. These games each place you in a challenging situation to give you a first hand experience of what it’s like.

Solve a Mystery

Like a good crime drama or whodunnit, solving mysteries and puzzles is a good way to engage in a story. The following games present you with a mysterious scenario to be solved. Whether with direct puzzles, locations to investigate or crime scenarios to deduce, they offer a unique first-hand sleuthing challenge.

 
Portal
PEGI Rating 12 for Portal

Hope Through Play

Games that embed a sense of hope by playing them. Sometimes a hopeful story, sometimes a hopeful interaction, and sometimes just an uplifting aesthetic to spend time in. These are games that leave you with an uplifted spirit, maybe not immediately (like Horizon Zero Dawn) but by the time you have finished them.

There is something innocent and childlike in play, and video games each have a slice of that in different ways. Sometimes simple and sometimes complex, games can help us return to the hope we had as children, or call us on to the wisdom and perspective of older years.
 

Get Children Listening

Of the different senses, it's easy to overlook the importance of hearing. We encourage children to read, watch and observe. But just as important is to develop more than just cursory listening.

Despite their name, video games use sounds just as much as visuals to create their worlds. As well as this, audio is often a crucial aspect of interactions and clues for puzzle solving.

Because of this, video games (like walking in nature) are a powerful way to learn to notice and use the sounds around us. Playing a game with headphones helps the player focus on the sound. Doing this intentionally can help younger players discover a new world of sound in the games they play.

There are games like Limbo, Hellblade, Overboard and Super Mario Odyssey that use sound to set the mood and aesthetic of the play. This is more than just background music as it reacts and integrates with the sounds the player is making while they play.

Then there are games like Uncharted, Alba, Fortnite and Sea of Thieves that use audio to indicate things happening in the game. Not only what is happening, like the sound of someone boarding your ship, but where that is happening in relation to your character with spatial audio.

There are games where you create the audio with your actions. Touching petals in Flower adds notes to the classical music. In Mini Metro you add to the ambient sounds as you place stations and new tube lines.

Finally, there are games where sound is your main way of navigating the world. Games like The Vale and Frequency Missing can be played with just sound. This not only offers an accessible experience to those without sight but a chance to engage with a virtual world using just our hearing.
 

Be A Good Neighbour

In this list, provided by the LTN (Love Thy Nerd) editors, we bring together video games that have the potential to offer more than entertainment. It starts with 12 with a challenge us to be a good neighbour, and follows with others added over time. LTN exists to be the love of Jesus to nerds and nerd culture, you can read more about them on their website.

"What if video games have more to offer than just an exciting diversion into a digital battlefield, fantasy war, or alien invasion? While these types of games are certainly the loudest and most financially successful, there are a growing number of games asking important questions about life, the human condition, and even God."

"Our list is not 'Christian' games, but rather a list of games that pose important spiritual questions to those who play them. These are games that provide us with the opportunity to consider what a truly 'spiritual' life looks like by encouraging us to have empathy for the suffering, love for our neighbours and our enemies, and an imagination vivid enough to contemplate a better world."

Journey's understated yet deep mythology, lack of guidance and mysterious ways it brings players together will have players thinking about the course of their own lives. Dropsy is, on the surface, a silly point-and-click adventure game about a creepy but misunderstood clown, dig deeper and you’ll see this a game that challenges players to love everyone, even their enemies. Kentucky Route Zero is at its core, about rediscovery, of adventure-game mechanics and modernist aesthetics, of a more spiritual outlook on the physical world.

Gris is a platformer about the stages of grief that highlights the indelible impact of our most sacred relationships. That Dragon, Cancer is a game where Ryan and Amy Green share their grief and their hope by drawing us not only into their lives but into the common grace of the Christian faith. Myst, one of the best selling titles of all time, is a puzzle game about the beauty and mystery of creation. Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is a game about the spiritual impact our most precious relationships have on us. Wandersong is a game about transforming the world with music. Heroism isn’t measured in bulk or recognition but in the melodic tones of compassion and kindness. The Last Guardian confronts us with our own self-centredness and challenges us to give rather than merely take.

Pyre is a game about mercy that deconstructs player’s perceptions of winning and losing, encouraging them to see and meet the needs of those who are oppressed. My Child Lebensborn is a game that challenges players to care for a child born into a fascist regime--this is a game about the power of empathy. Celeste strikes at the centre of what it means to be a person in all of our messy humanity a wonderful reminder that even when we fall, we are lifted up again through redemptive love, forgiveness, and grace—both for ourselves and for one another.
 
Ico
PEGI Rating 7 for Ico
Shu
PEGI Rating 7 for Shu
Pode
PEGI Rating 3 for Pode
Pyre
PEGI Rating 7 for Pyre
Myst
PEGI Rating 7 for Myst
Gris
PEGI Rating 7 for Gris

Walk in Someone Else's Shoes

While many games include characters to interact with, some are specifically designed to make relationships a central element. Whether this is during the rounds of a puzzle game amidst a zombie outbreak or as we race cars around a circuit, they can offer a unique way to think deeply about how we relate to each other and to the games people play.

In contrast to films or books, characters and relationships in video games need to be discovered by the player. Some of my favourite relational moments in games happen amidst other action. Often these other actions – whether shooting, puzzle-solving, or fetching and carrying – serve to underline the difficult, awkward and snatched nature of interpersonal interactions.
 
Ete
198x
PEGI Rating 12 for 198x


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